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Postcard from the World Cup: On Entering The Mixed Zone

At the end of my first day covering the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup, I felt like I was just initiated into the fraternity of journalists.

This feeling didn’t come to me while I was sitting in the media room waiting for the games to start. It wasn’t while I was sitting behind a baseline in the Media Tribune – the press area — taking notes as the USA beat Senegal in its first group phase appearance, or even after I wrote the game story.

My rite of passage into this fictional media fraternity that I somehow created in my mind came in the form of navigating the Mixed Zone.

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Postcard from the World Cup: History for Senegal, Nigeria

The horns used at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup are nontraditional. Instead of the buzzing noise typical of basketball games in the United States, these horns resemble that of a train. They’re shrill and jarring.

Yet, Sunday night in San Cristobal de la Laguna, Spain, Senegal fans and players alike were begging to hear it. Senegal clung to a one-point lead over Latvia late in the game and had to make one more defensive stand to secure a win. Latvia’s Elina Dikaioulaku hoisted a 3-point attempt which clanged off the front of the rim. That long-awaited horn finally sounded, and Senegal won, 70-69.

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USA Earns Hard-Fought 100-88 Win Over China

Editor’s Note: Sports Capital Journalism Center student Ryan Gregory reports on the USA victory over China in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup for USAB.com, the website of USA  Basketball.

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/wwc-2-chn.aspx

Preview: USA vs. China

Sports Capital Journalism Program student Ryan Gregory previews the Group D game between the USA, ranked No. 1 by FIBA, and No. 8 China. The Group D meeting in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup is the only one on Sunday between undefeated teams ranked in the top 8.

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/wwc-game-2-preview.aspx

USA Opens FIBA World Cup with 87-67 Victory Over Senegal

Editor’s Note: Sports Capital Journalism Program graduate assistant Frank Bonner II describes the USA victory over Senegal for the website USAB.com.

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/wwc-1-sen.aspx